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1 in 250 construction workers will suffer fatal injuries from welding over a working lifetime.(Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News).
An average of 4,630 structure fires involving hot work occur every year.(Source: National Fire Protection Association).
Hot work is any work that involves burning, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, grinding, using fire- or spark-producing tools, and any other work that produces any source of ignition. Hot work procedures may produce sparks, fire, molten slag, or hot material that has a potential to cause fires or explosions.
Hot work permits identify several pieces of information such as the work that is to be done, who is to perform it, the length of time it will take, the hazards associated with the work, and the control measures used. As a whole, it confirms that the area has been cleared for hot work and, if control measures are implemented, that it is safe to begin work in that area.
Yes, absolutely. OSHA has a few key standards that are a “catch-all” of sorts. 29 CFR 1926.20 and 21 lay the general groundwork for safety training requirements—no matter the equipment or situation. Simply put, these two standards state very clearly that it is the employer’s responsibility to train operators. More specifically, 1926.21(b)(2) states that “the employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.”
Bottom line, if you don’t train and there is an accident, and OSHA comes in to investigate (and they will), you better believe they will ask for proof that workers have been trained (when and on what subjects). And if you can’t prove it, they will most likely refer to these standards and the OSH Act of 1970 as the basis for their citations.
Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a boom truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.